Author Eva Chase #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Eva Chase

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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I’m Canadian but have traveled to lots of other countries. I love writing fantasy and paranormal stories because it’s so much fun imagining a world beyond the ordinary one we live in. And I have TONS of ideas, so no matter what I’m working on, I’ve always got a bunch more at various stages begging to be picked next. 🙂

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

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I’ve always loved telling stories. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I started getting praise from teachers and friends for my writing, and I realized that maybe I was good enough to make a go of it as a career.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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My current series (the first book, A Study In Seduction, coming at the end of March) started a few years back when I was watching the TV show Elementary. It’s a modern adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories, and they had a great twist where (spoilers if you haven’t watched the show) the villain Moriarty turns out to be a woman.

I loved the idea of a female criminal genius–it’s not a type of character I see much at all, even though there are tons of beloved male characters of questionable morality who are admired for their smarts and wit. I’ve been toying with the idea of either writing my own take on a female Moriarty or a different female villain for a while, and this past year, the other pieces finally started coming together.

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What are you working on now?

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I’m nearly finished with the second book in the Moriarty’s Men series. I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to jump right into the third or alternate with another series to switch things up. Like I mentioned above, I have a lot of ideas yammering at me for attention. 😉

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

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I always write on my laptop. I do most of my other computer activity on my desktop computer (which is where I’m answering this interview right now), but I’ve had a laptop for writing since I was a teenager, and something about sitting down with one gets my head in the right mindset.

I also make up iTunes playlists for most of my books and use the music as inspiration when I’m brainstorming or gearing up to write.

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What are your hopes for the future?

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I’d just love to be able to continue making a living from my writing! It really is a dream come true, and I feel incredibly lucky that I’ve been able to tell stories so many readers are enjoying. I’m also looking forward to future travels with my family and sharing all my favorite books with my son as he gets older.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

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I think the best advice I could give right now is to be patient. Take your time studying books you love to figure out what makes a good story. Take the time to get feedback from other people to improve your writing. Watch reader reactions to books and figure out what they’re most interested in seeing. Study the kinds of covers and blurbs that successful books have.

It can feel very urgent when you have a story you’re dying to tell–you want to get it out there ASAP. But you’ll have a much better chance of telling that story effectively and getting it to the most readers if you wait a little and learn the best approaches rather than jumping straight in.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

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So, so many thank yous! There’s very little in the world that makes me happier than seeing that I’ve made other people happy with my stories. I’m so grateful to every one of you who’s picked up my books and especially those who spread the word about them!

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Author Tyranni Thomas #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Tyranni Thomas

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A little about me…

I’m terrible at talking about myself. I’m Tyranni Thomas in the literary world. I started out writing Historical Fiction and now I write High Fantasy Historical RH. I was a history major once upon a time and I’m still kind of obsessed. Vikings and Game of Thrones are my tv fandoms. Their Vampire Queen and Four Psychos are my current RH addictions. I may or may not refer to myself as the Mother of Heathens and Pitbulls. I’m a single mother of three boys and a cancer survivor.

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Have I always wanted to be an author…

I loved to read and write. I wrote short stories as far back as grade school and I wanted to take the creative writing class so bad in high school my mother petitioned for me to take it a year early. (She got me in too!) I was published in a local drug and alcohol program for some poetry I did in that class, but I never thought it possible as a career, back then the indie author world wasn’t as large and accessible as it is today, so I spent a decade or so as a nurse before I took up the pen again.

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My current series is The Crossroads Priestess.

The inspiration for it came from a couple places. My own life seasons the FMC. She has three kids and is stressed to the max with cancer. I’d been there, but in Tara’s case her cancer proves terminal and I wanted a fuck cancer story. So, I took that and mixed in some of the bump in the night type stuff I’d heard over the last decade of working night shift in nursing homes and let my pen do the rest.

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Now that The Crossroads Priestess is out to the ARC team, I’ve been working on Taking the Night, book II of The Krypt Series.

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Quirks…

No one can read my work until it’s done. I can give snippets, but that’s it. No shoulder surfing at my house!

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Hopes for the Future:

I’m hoping I can make it to Penned Con in St Louis this year and fit in a Florida trip.

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Advice for those that are new…

Join lots of Indie groups and don’t be afraid to make friends and ask questions!

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Anything to say to my readers…

I’d like to thank the readers for their awesome support and feedback! The Reverse Harem readers and authors are so supportive. I love the interaction and sense of community that has developed on Facebook.

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Author Amy Sumida #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Amy Sumida

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I put myself in my books, especially Godhunter. I’m pretty much the normal version of Vervain. It’s why I’m so flattered when readers tell me that they’ve connected with her. If you bond with Vervain, you’ve bonded with me. For those who haven’t read Godhunter; I’m a little sassy and very loyal. I love animals, art, and movies.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes; I’ve always wanted to be an author. Since I was very young, I’ve been writing stories. I wrote my first novel in high school and gave a few chapters to my English teacher to read. A few weeks later, I was accosted in a hallway by another teacher who demanded that I finish the story. My teacher had been passing my story around to her friends. That was the first time I thought I might actually be good at writing.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series… I have four lol. I’ll go with Godhunter since that was my first series and is closest to my heart. I’ve always been fascinated by religion. I think you can get to know a culture through the Gods they worshiped. During some research, I began to wonder what these gods would be like if they really existed. What would motivate them? What kind of magic might they have? How would they adjust to the modern world? Godhunter was born.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I’m working on Aria of the Gods: Book 8 in the Spellsinger Series. I love this series. Every book comes with a playlist of songs that Elaria sings during the story. Readers can listen to the playlists for free on Spotify. I enjoy searching for new music to add to the playlist; it gets me doing something other than straight writing.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Quirks about writing… hmm… silence and tea. I don’t understand authors who listen to music while they write. It drives me batty when my neighbor is leaf blowing his yard or working on his car but music? No way; I’d end up paying more attention to the lyrics than the voices in my head. I need to hear the voices to write down their story. And tea is what fuels me; black and sweet. I used to adore Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme but alas, there is no Teavana anymore so I’m making do with Harney and Sons Black Vanilla.

What are your hopes for the future?

I would love to see any of my series made into either a television show or a movie. That’s my greatest hope.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

My advice to new authors would be to never read your reviews. Good reviews can bolster your spirits like nothing else but they aren’t worth the crushing pain of bad ones. And you will get bad ones. Everyone does. It’s simply not possible for everyone who reads your books to like them. You will offend people, you will annoy them, you will fall short. It will happen. People booed Shakespeare, they will hate you. That being said, there will be people who adore you, who can’t get enough of you, and who will lovingly support you. Focus on those special people; your treasured readers. Mine have gotten me through my roughest patches as a writer. Remember; our mind has evolved to focus on negative things as a way to protect us; a way to prevent us from doing something hurtful again. That’s why we take criticism so poorly and why we lie in bed at night and think about every mistake we made. Don’t let some unknown person’s opinion of your work deter you.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

To my readers: I have so much to thank you for. You’ve made my dream of writing for a living possible. Not only that, you’ve come along amazing adventures with me; encouraging me to new, magical heights along the way. I couldn’t have done it without all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for loving my imagination enough to give it a home in your hearts.

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Godhunter is now perma-free on Amazon!
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Fairy-Struck is now permafree on Amazon!
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An Unseelie Understanding: an RH Erotica
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I just released Vol 2 in my RH fairy tale collections: Happily Harem After Vol 2: Four Classic Fairy Tales with a Reverse Harem Twist is available on Amazon.
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Spectra: A Cynical Superhero (Book 1 in the Spectra Series)

The Last Lullaby (Book 1 in the Spellsinger Series)

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Author Ripley Prosperina #Interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Ripley Prosperina

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I live in Vermont and the winters are long, it gets dark at 4:00 in the afternoon for about three months, so I have a lot of time to think. I can’t decide which genre I like the most, so I write in all of them, usually with a reverse harem twist.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have! And I even minored in English, but I always viewed it as more than a hobby. It wasn’t until I had a few years of writing under my belt that I decided to give publishing a try!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series is about a changeling, and my inspiration came from two places, the folktale of Aswaga, from the Philippines, and Slavic folklore about rusalka…they’re sort of like sirens.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second to last book of my Searchers series. It’s a new adult, dark contemporary reverse harem.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I love making playlists of songs I think my characters would listen to. I also have a word count I have to hit before I let myself be done for the day.

What are your hopes for the future?

I want people to read my books!! I want them to love them and look forward to them, and seek them out. Also- world peace.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Keep writing, and look into the business side of writing. I didn’t realize when I started how important marketing and social networking is. I thought I could write a book, press publish, and everyone would see it. HAHA. Nope.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I’m so grateful you read my books. I love hearing from you, so feel free to message me or follow me!

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Ravens: Sons if Olympia by Helen J. Perry #NewRelease

Today I’m happy to introduce you to Helen J. Perry author of Ravens: Sons if Olympia a reverse harem paranormal romance.

– Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a middle-aged, middle-sized, British woman and mother of three. I wrote my first novel about three or four years ago, and I’ve written science fiction, fantasy and contemporary romance, including straight, bi, lesbian and gay romance.

– Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always loved the two things I’m good at, reading and daydreaming. These are qualities need for being an author, but like many women, for most of my life, I’ve thought I’m not good enough. So, no, I didn’t always plan on being an author because it seemed too lofty an ambition.

– What was your inspiration for the Sons of Olympia series?

I’ve always loved history, especially ancient history, and the mythology associated with it. The specific Greek angle was undoubtedly influenced by my love of the Percy Jackson books and the fact that I’ve visited some of the ancient sites in Greece. I love Greece and intend to visit more of it.

I must be honest, however. These stories started life in a very different way. The initial idea was about a lesbian or gay human being swept off their feet by a powerful and magical gay or lesbian god. I thought it would be interesting to see how close I could write the two books, both a lesbian version and a gay version of the same story.

Sometime after those books were written, I was working on a reverse harem story involving time travel, Vikings and Norse gods, but the other stories were also still in my mind. One day I decided to get out the files and see if what I’d written before could be rewritten with the new ideas in my mind.

Although the first two books in the Sons of Olympus are very similar to the lesbian and gay books, the story in book three is quite different.

– Do you have any quirks while writing?

I prefer to write in silence. It seems many authors prefer music.

– Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Self-publishing has made it easier for everyone to publish when it previously seemed impossible. I’d recommend joining a community of supportive authors.

– What are you working on now?

Well, I’m one of those people who finds it hard to focus on and complete a project before starting another. So, before I pulled together the Sons of Olympus trilogy, I was working on a reverse harem series, which would be very similar but linked to Vikings and Norse mythology. However, I may well do something completely different before I finish that. For instance, I do have a contemporary gay Cinderella story that is very nearly finished. I work on things for ages, putting them away and getting them out again.

– What are your hopes for the future?

For my children to grow up, leave home and have happy successful lives! Appart from that I’d hope to write more stories that I enjoy writing, and other people enjoy reading.

– Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you for reading. Thank you for reviewing. I love receiving emails and messages on social media.
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Blood Isle, Calasade Series by Mark Stone #Amreading @calasade

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Blood Isle, Calasade Series

by Mark Stone

Genres: Greco-Roman, Illustrated, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Mythology, Romance

248 Pages

Release date: May 18, 2015

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Calasade is a Greco-Roman Fantasy world that was in development for over five years. The world of Calasade has enough in common with Ancient Rome and borrows enough from Greek and Roman mythology that it will seem familiar, but also offers plenty of its own lore so that it is something new and different, the latter especially true when the world of Calasade and its tales are compared to fantasy taking place in worlds based on Medieval Europe.

A love of fantasy tropes intertwined with the unique helped bring Calasade and Blood Isle to fruition. You will find neither the knight in shining armor nor the never-do-good evil sorcerer.

The people of Calasade in Blood Isle are not so different than us in that they belong squarely inside the gray box of existence. As such, each and every one is capable of heroic acts one moment and dark ones the next depending on what’s at stake and the means available for acquiring their goals.

Blood Isle is an illustrated novel. While part of a series, it is like all Calasade stories and can be read as a stand-alone. Thank you for taking the time to check out Calasade: Blood Isle.

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Author Mark Stone of Blood Isle and the Calasade series

Mark Stone splits his time between the United States and Spain with his greatest inspiration, his wife. Having written award-winning Flash Fiction, he is now a novelist writing tales mostly of Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery. He will sometimes get a wild hair and venture into other areas—namely, Weird Western and Historical Fiction. Look for the latter in the near future. Most of his stories are based in Calasade, a fantasy world heavily influenced by Ancient Rome.

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